Yesterday’s service struck a chord with a lot of people. For those of you who weren’t there, we looked at the movie “Spotlight” in conjunction with our God in the Movies message series. It’s the story of a group of journalists at the Boston Globe who uncovered wide spread sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests in Boston in 2001. It was difficult, but important subject matter. I had a gal come up to me after the service who told me how the pastor of her former church had molested two of her girls. She wept her way through the service. Neither of her daughters have been back to church since. Several people told me how, given what they went through growing up, they wished that what was said yesterday was said in their church or their family growing up. BTW, if you need to talk to someone about anything that you’ve been though, don’t hesitate to give me a call. My heart goes out to you.
Remember what I said yesterday. Listen to some Leonard Cohen music this week in preparation for this Sunday’s GITM; and, not just the song “Hallelujah”. In the message, I said, “Leonard Cohen is an acquired taste. He’s a poet, and as a poet, you have ruminated on his art. You have to digest it, you have to inhale it and hold it for a while. Becoming literate in Leonard Cohen takes some work.” Some of my favourite songs are “Dance Me to End of Love”, “Bird on a Wire” and “Famous Blue Raincoat”.
I leave next week Monday for a conference in Orlando, Florida. I know, I know…rough life. After that, Sharon and I are taking a few days away. So, no musings for the next two weeks, at least none that I’m going to write down…smile.